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An estimated 4,000 to 6,000 Costa Ricans will be going to Brazil next month for the World Cup soccer championship. So the foreign ministry is setting up temporary consulates in key cities.

Right now there is just one Costa Rican consulate in Brasilia and honorary consuls in Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. World Cup games are being played in many Brazilian locations, but the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto is setting up the temporary consulates in cities where the Costa Rican national team may play. These include Fortaleza, Natal, Recife, Santos and Belo Horizonte.

Another consulate will be in Santos where the national team will practice.

Consulates handle problems like lost passports, injured or dead citizens and other situations facing their citizens.

Víctor Monge Chacón, the Costa Rican ambassador in Brazil, will represent the country in official activities related to the World Cup, the ministry said.

The ministry also is suggesting that Costa Rican citizens carry photocopies of their passport and leave the original in a secure location when they are in Brazil.

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